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THE ORDER OF MYTHS
THE ORDER OF MYTHS

African-American Studies  American Studies  American History  Sociology  2008  Directed by Women 

The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. In 2008, it is still racially segregated. A fascinating investigation into our nation's history and traditions, this acclaimed, award-winning documentary illuminates the complexities of race relations in 21st century America.

BEYOND CONVICTION
BEYOND CONVICTION

Women's Studies  Peace & Conflict  Criminal & Law  American Studies  African-American Studies  2007  Directed by Women 

An eye-opening look at a pioneering program in which victims of violent crimes meet face-to-face with their perpetrators. This documentary, featured on Oprah, introduces us to a process that could have far-reaching repercussions for the ways we approach crime, criminal justice, and conflict resolution.

PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA
PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA

Environmental Studies  Architecture  American Studies  African-American Studies 

There was a time when the Salton Sea was known as the Riviera of the West - a premiere vacation destination for the rich and famous. Today, it's considered one of America's worst ecological disasters. Narrated by John Waters, this irreverent documentary looks at exactly what went wrong.

AWAKE ZION
AWAKE ZION

Religion & Spirituality  Jewish Studies  African-American Studies  Latin-American Studies  African Studies  New York City  Music  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women 

Ever wonder why Jews and Rastafarians both use the Star of David and make references to Zion? This exuberant documentary explores the surprising connections between reggae culture and Judaism.

THE HEALING GARDENS OF NEW YORK
THE HEALING GARDENS OF NEW YORK

Urban Studies  New York City  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Environmental Studies  Criminal & Law  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

A wonderful film that illustrates the significance of gardens and green spaces in the face of ever growing urbanization and development.

FOR GOLD AND GLORY
FOR GOLD AND GLORY

African-American Studies  Sociology  Political Science 

Chronicles the history of the black auto racing league through the life of the circuit's greatest driver, Charlie Wiggins, a four-time champion revered as the Negro Speed King. Set to a memorable retro jazz score by Pulitzer and Grammy nominee Dr. David Baker.

DANCE TO LIVE
DANCE TO LIVE

Performing Arts  American Studies  African-American Studies  Dance  Directed by Women 

The documentary tells the personal stories of the dancers at Philadanco, the Philadelphia-based African-American modern dance company, with sincere testimonials from young dancers.

BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT: CHRIS JACKSON’S JOURNEY TO ISLAM
BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT: CHRIS JACKSON’S JOURNEY TO ISLAM

African-American Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  American Studies  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Directed by Women  Immigration 

Basketball star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf caused a national stir when the NBA suspended him for refusing to stand during the national anthem because of his "Muslim conscience."

SLAVE REPARATIONS
SLAVE REPARATIONS

Sociology  Labor Studies  Criminal & Law  American Studies  African-American Studies 

This documentary examines the current controversy over the issue of slave reparations, addressing the most often voiced objections ("It’s long over," "I had nothing to do with it," "Affirmative Action is enough," etc.) to the claim for financial restitution to the ancestors of slaves for the wealth created by black labor in previous centuries.

LOCAL COLOR
LOCAL COLOR

African-American Studies  Performing Arts  Directed by Women 

This documentary chronicles the production of a play at the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, one of the five largest African-American theater companies in the U.S., examining the work of everyone involved, including the actors, director, lighting and set design, sound design, and producer.

MIDWIVES: A LIVING TRADITION
MIDWIVES: A LIVING TRADITION

Women's Studies  Native American Studies  Latino Studies  African-American Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

This video presents the mission and practice of American midwives, explaining the benefits and advantages of natural childbirth through interviews with midwives and childbirth educators, the testimonies of new mothers, footage and photos of actual births, and many touching stories.

SISTERHOOD ALIVE AND WELL
SISTERHOOD ALIVE AND WELL

African-American Studies  Women's Studies  Sociology 

This video documents the Million Woman March in Philadelphia on October 25, 1997, when black women from all over America gathered to demonstrate their concerns for Black America and to express their sense of unity as a movement that can play an influential role in American society.

PERSISTENT WOMEN ARTISTS
PERSISTENT WOMEN ARTISTS

Art History  African-American Studies  Asian-American Studies  American Studies  Cultural Studies  Women's Studies  Native American Studies  Sociology 

In this video, artist and art educator Betty LaDuke presents the lives and work of three American women artists of diverse heritages—Lois Mailou Jones, Mine Okubo, and Pablita Velarde.

120 WOOSTER STREET
120 WOOSTER STREET

Art History  African-American Studies  New York City  Native American Studies  Cultural Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

This video profiles Frederick Brown, one of America’s most prolific expressionist painters, whose Soho loft studio in New York served as a gathering place for artists, musicians, writers, dancers and other creative personalities during the Sixties and Seventies.

KAFE KUUMBA: WELCOME TO OPEN MIKE
KAFE KUUMBA: WELCOME TO OPEN MIKE

Sociology  Performing Arts  Literature  Cultural Studies  African-American Studies 

This entertaining documentary features a variety of African-American poets from all over America, who have gathered to perform at Kafe Kuumba in Indianapolis, a local cultural center sponsored by the Midtown Writers Association.

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JOURNEY TO JUSTICE

Sociology  Criminal & Law  African-American Studies 

Profiles the history of blacks in Canada and pays tribute to civil rights activists who struggled to change the country's discriminatory laws. Focusing on the 1930s to the 1950s, the video weaves personal stories of these African-Canadians into a broader chronicle of the hardships and victories of their struggle for civil rights, one which closely parallels that of kindred spirits in the U.S. during the same period.

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HIGH ACHIEVERS

Children & Young Adult  Sociology  Health  Education  African-American Studies 

Examines the training of young African Americans at the Health Professions Department at Morehouse College, the only all-black male college in America.

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PASSIN' IT ON: 25 YEARS ORGANIZING THE NORTHWEST BRONX

Urban Studies  Sociology  New York City  Latino Studies  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

During the Sixties and early Seventies, banks, insurance companies, the City of New York, and many landlords drew a red-line around the Bronx and abandoned its neighborhoods. More than 12,000 fires burned each year, 300,000 people fled, and in the South Bronx 40% of the homes were destroyed.

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LILY DALE: MESSAGES FROM THE SPIRIT SIDE OF LIFE

African-American Studies  American Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Urban Studies 

An offbeat documentary portrait of Lily Dale, New York, one of America's oldest spiritualist communities, where just about everyone is a psychic or a medium who claims to be able to communicate with the dead. The video includes interviews with several mediums in Lily Dale and shows them as they give private readings, perform public healings, and take part in outdoor services where they receive messages "from the spirit side of life."

BLACK INDIANS: AN AMERICAN STORY
BLACK INDIANS: AN AMERICAN STORY

African-American Studies  American Studies  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Native American Studies 

This video explores the issue of racial identity among Native Americans and African Americans, and the coalescence of these two groups in American history.

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